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NYC's Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park's Delacorte Theater
New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at Central Park's Delacorte Theater is back for another exciting season.

Shakespeare in the Park 2015 Season Performances (stay tuned for details on Shakespeare in the Park 2016 Season)

The Tempest
May 27-July 5, 2015
Directed by Michael Greif
Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, The Public’s King Lear) returns in THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.” Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Romeo and Juliet, Our Lady of Kibeho, If/Then, Next to Normal) directs.
July 27-August 23, 2015
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
In the Shakespearean fairytale CYMBELINE, Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.

Shakespeare in the Park The Tempest Schedule
Shakespeare in the Park Cymbelline Schedule

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are Free!

Contribute to Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park's Delacorte TheaterFree tickets to the 2015 season will once again be distributed in the Park, online via the Virtual Ticketing lottery, and in the five boroughs of New York City.  More details will be available in the coming months.  

Become a Summer Supporter today and help keep the tradition of Free Shakespeare in the Park alive. Your generosity will make it possible for us to continue distributing thousands of free tickets year after year. In thanks for your contribution, you will receive reserved seating for Shakespeare in the Park, as well as discount tickets to other Public Theater productions throughout the season!

Support free Shakespeare in the Park. Call 212-967-7555 to make a contribution today!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Shakespeare in the Park:

What is Shakespeare in the Park? Shakespeare in the Park is The Public Theater's annual season of free plays at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park.
Where is Shakespeare in the Park?
Shakespeare in the Park takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Enter at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

What plays are being performed at Shakespeare in the Park this year?
This year, Shakespeare in the Park will feature
The Tempest and Cymbelline.

What is the schedule of the two Shakespeare in the Park productions this summer?
The Tempest
May 27-July 5, 2015
July 27-August 23, 2015

How many tickets can I get by waiting in line?
Each person waiting in line can receive up to two tickets, subject to availability.

Why are the lines for Shakespeare in the Park so long?
Over 100,000 free tickets are made available to Shakespeare in the Park each summer. While we do our best to accommodate everyone who would like to attend a performance, the demand for tickets is always greater than the number of seats we have available. We appreciate your patience and are working very hard to ensure that the process remains as smooth and equitable as possible.

Why can't I be in the Park before 6am?
Central Park is closed between the hours of 1am and 6am. NYPD will patrol the Delacorte area and issue summons to anyone in the Park before its official open time. If you choose to line up before 6am, please do so along the east side of Central Park West starting at 81st Street. A Public Theater line monitor will escort the line in at 6am. The Public Theater neither suggests nor condones lining up before the park opens at 6am.

Can I reserve seats to Shakespeare in the Park in advance?
In gratitude of their generosity, we are able to offer our Partners reserved seats to Shakespeare in the Park.

Are there group tickets to Shakespeare in the Park?
Free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are not available for group reservations. If you would like to attend a performance as a group, the group can wait in the line at the Delacorte Theater.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, the start of the performance may be delayed. However, the production will be performed if and when it is possible to do so. If a performance is canceled due to rain or any other reason, tickets obtained via the line at the Delacorte Theater or through Virtual Ticketing are not valid for re-issue or exchange.

What time do performances begin?
All performances begin at 8pm.

Are there any separate policies for senior citizens or people with disabilities?
There are separate ticket lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for senior citizens and for people with disabilities. In addition, there are separate daily drawings for senior citizens and people with disabilities in our Virtual Ticketing system.
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